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  • 1. Keeping Current with the Literature Mark MacEachern Liaison Services Librarian Health Sciences Libraries markmac@umich.edu
  • 2. The problem • Pubmed alone indexes approximately 5200 US journals • MEDLINE contains 18+ million citations • About 2000-4000 citations are added each week • 670 943 added in 2007 (NLM data)* *http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/bsd_key.html
  • 3. The problem is not new
  • 4. So, how much time would it take? 627.5 hours / month
  • 5. So, how much time would it take?
  • 6. What can I do? 1. Table of Contents alerts (PubMed, OvidSP, ISI) 2. Literature alerts (PubMed, OvidSP, ISI) 3. Google alerts 4. Blogs 5. Twitter 6. iTunes U (podcasts) 7. iGoogle 8. Read synthesized literature – Cochrane – ADA EBD
  • 7. Definition aside – RSS • Really Simple Syndication • Communication medium (like email) • RSS feeds – coupled with client aggregators – provide a way to keep track of frequently updated, web-based content… • …without having to constantly go to individual websites to see if they’ve changed • Updated web content automatically comes to you – Blogs, News, TOCs, Searches, Grant opportunities, etc.
  • 8. RSS Common Craft. RSS in Plain English (http://www.commoncraft.com/rss_plain_english)
  • 9. 1. TOC Alerts – PubMed – Find Journal(s)
  • 10. 1. TOC Alerts – PubMed – Find Journal(s)
  • 11. 1. TOC Alerts – PubMed – Find Journal(s)
  • 12. 1. TOC Alerts – PubMed – Save Search
  • 13. 1. TOC Alerts – PubMed – Save Search
  • 14. 1. TOC Alerts – PubMed – Save Search
  • 15. 1. TOC Alerts – PubMed – Save Search
  • 16. 1. TOC Alerts – PubMed – RSS
  • 17. 1. TOC Alerts – PubMed – RSS
  • 18. 1. TOC Alerts – PubMed – RSS
  • 19. 1. TOC Alerts – PubMed – Google Reader
  • 20. 2. Literature Search Alert – PubMed – Conduct Search ((periodontal diseases) OR (periodontium) OR (periodont*) OR (periodontics)) AND (((diabetes mellitus) OR (diabetes insipidus) OR (diabet*) OR ("dm 1" OR "dm i" OR "dm 2" OR "dm ii")) OR ((glycosylated hemoglobin a) OR (a1c OR "hb a1c" OR hba1c) OR (blood glucose) OR ("blood sugar") OR ("glucose control") OR ("glucose level") OR ("sugar control") OR ("sugar level") OR (hyperglycemia) OR (hypoglycemia) OR (glycemi*) OR (glycaemi*) OR (hyperglyc*) OR (hypoglyc*)))
  • 21. 2. Literature Search Alert – PubMed – Conduct Search
  • 22. 2. Literature Search Alert – PubMed – Save Search
  • 23. 2. Literature Search Alert – PubMed – Save Search – MyNCBI
  • 24. 2. Literature Search Alert – PubMed – Receive Email
  • 25. 2. Literature Search Alert – PubMed – RSS
  • 26. 2. Literature Search Alert – PubMed – RSS
  • 27. 3. Google Alerts e.g.: (smoking OR smoker OR tobacco) AND dental implants e.g.: “mark maceachern”
  • 28. 3. Google Alerts
  • 29. 3(a). Google News Alerts
  • 30. 3(a). Google News Alerts (email)
  • 31. 4. Blogs – Dental http://www.thenewdentistblog.com/
  • 32. 4. Blogs – Dental http://implantblog.wordpress.com/
  • 33. 4. Blogs – Dental http://dentaltechnologyblog.blogspot.com/
  • 34. 4. Blogs - General http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/
  • 35. 5. Twitter http://twitter.com/
  • 36. 6. iTunes U – Dentistry
  • 37. 6. iTunes U – Dentistry
  • 38. 7. iGoogle http://www.google.com/ig
  • 39. 8. Synthesized Litearture – ADA EBD http://ebd.ada.org/
  • 40. 8. Synthesized Literature – Cochrane
  • 41. Questions? Mark MacEachern / UM Librarian / markmac@umich.edu